Gabrielle Walter-Clay was born and raised in San Francisco, California. Her formal training in music began at age seven with the San Francisco Girls Chorus and continues at Berklee. An old soul who draws inspirations from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, and Marvin Gaye, Walter-Clay’s music has developed to incorporate neo-soul and jazz styles as well as those of new greats like Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill. In balancing the old and the new, she creates a fresh vibe and works hard to deliver lyrics that inspire others, ignite passion and/or nostalgia, and take the listener to another place. Stay tuned as this up-and-coming young artist continues to grow and develop, because no matter the genre or style, the soul and truth in Walter-Clay’s voice is unmistakable.
Watch “That Groove” by Gabrielle Walter-Clay and other Berklee students:
The colorful sound of KeL combines elements of jazz and pop with Brazilian melodies. The band’s lead singer, Kel do Nascimento, was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and toured her country of origin before coming to Berklee in 2011, where she shared the stage with great Brazilian artists such as Marcos Valle and Guinga. KeL has recently been performing in Boston and New York City and will is working on a debut album.
Watch Kel do Nascimento perform an original song, “Busca,” at Berklee:
Great Caesar aims for the heart with a blend of brass, vulnerable lyrics, and indie-rock along the lines of Arcade Fire and Beirut, to create music that confronts the things that really matter: love, legacy, and the complexity of human relationships. The New York-based band’s 2014 video, “Don’t Ask Me Why,” juxtaposes the civil rights movement of the 1960s with today’s fight for equality for people of all sexual orientations. With support from Russell Simmons, Deepak Chopra, Arsenio Hall, and Super Bowl champion and LGBT advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo, the video challenges viewers to take a stand for love and equality. “Don’t Ask Me Why” will appear on CD and vinyl as part of a forthcoming EP produced by Griffin Rodriguez (Beirut, Modest Mouse, A Hawk and a Hacksaw). Great Caesar is John-Michael Parker (vocals, guitar), Adam Glaser (bass), Tom Sikes (trumpet), Mike Farrell (guitar), and Stephen Chen (saxophone), who is also with San Fermin.
The indie-rock electronic outfitBigfoot Wallace is Jon Hubbells’s self-produced endeavor combining wispy vocals, glitchy drum beats, and plenty of guitar effects. All the way from Arizona, Bigfoot plays guitar and sings against a backdrop of both electronic and acoustic instruments at full capacity, maintaining “the sense of consistency even amid so much shift and change in his music,” according to Indie Vision Music.
Will Gittens is a soulful singer-songwriter from Triniadad and Tobago who draws on a wide array of pop influences.
Grey Season electrifies living room music, perching harmonies atop a sound that envelopes folk in rock 'n' roll. The variety show that is a Grey Season performance may include the occasional five-part harmony, blues lyrics and guitar solos, and memorable melodies driven by the nostalgic plucking of bouzoukis and banjos. Grey Season is a band that calls upon a collective musical memory while pushing forward with the power of song while winning the hearts of its growing audience.
The Frotations was forged in 2011 by singer-songwriter Chris Kazarian and bass player Pedro Ribiero (Pedro Zappa). The band headlined the HarborArts Festival in September 2013 and filled Boston’s Middle East Corner to capacity at its EP release show. The Frotations are a concrete blend of neo-soul and rock and roll with a little drop of hip-hop. If you like face-melting solos, cold beats, headbangin’, or just simply getting your groove on, chances are you’re a professional Frotator and didn’t know it.
Nikolas Metaxas is a singer-songwriter drawing on influences such John Mayer, Gavin Degraw, Radiohead, and Incubus. In 2011, Metaxas won the BMC “crowd favorite” award and his band released Square One with songs “Miracle” and “Change The World” finding success on YouTube. Metaxas and his band have toured in the U.S., Greece, Cyprus, and Italy.
Arielle Vakni’s debut album, Facets & Resonance, combines elements of classic folk/blues songwriting with an electronic twist. Vakni has performed in Boston and New York City at venues like Pianos and the Middle East and, in the spring of 2013, she was one of ten Berklee students selected to study under folk singer and guitar legend Patty Larkin at her Berklee seminar. Vakni was also one of two students chosen to record an original piece with Larkin as producer. Her influences include Cat Power, Stevie Nicks, Fleet Foxes, The Knife, Alt-J, and Radiohead.
Damn Tall Buildingsbegan playing on the streets of Boston. After getting picked up by some local venue owners and managers, they began playing in local concert halls and venues throughout the New England area. The band’s influences range from iconic bluegrass musicians such as Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers to the more modern sounds of Yonder Mountain String Band and Pokey Lafarge. The band has performed at hip venues throughout the Boston area and recently released its first full-length album, Cure-All, this spring.
Berklee celebrates the peace and unity of the European Union with a showcase of exceptional musicianship from our students representing various countries and regions in Europe. Producer Alain Mallet and a cast of many Berklee students will play originals and jazz-tinged renditions of selections from France, Greece, Italy, Scandinavia, and more.
An afternoon at the theater with numbers from musicals that are all about comedy! Hosted by two improv emcees, this hour of hilarious will feature many wonderful singers, musicians, and a variety of tunes.
Christian Conti and his quintet will play original compositions. Conti, a 20-year-old trumpeter, mixes jazz, Latin, hip hop, rock, funk, and other genres. He has studied for the past two years at Berklee College of Music with Darren Barrett, Tiger Okoshi, Charlie Lewis, Tia Fuller, and others, and has played a steady gig at the famous Wally's Jazz Café since April 2013. This program features a variety of tunes in different styles and idioms, from songs written in Conti's first semester at Berklee to others written lately. His band performs Wednesday nights at Wally's.